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Old 09-30-2008, 12:10 AM   #1
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Just bottled my first extract batch. Any input on a good batch to do next? Want to do about 4 or 5 extract kits before I start getting into the AG brewing.


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Old 09-30-2008, 12:18 AM   #2
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Do another extract batch. I am 9 days behind you but I already have another extract kit that I got with my Coopers Microbrewery kit. My next extract kit purchases I am leaning towards AHS Blue Moon / New Castle Clone. Check out the extract kits that the vendors offer and I'm sure you will find something fun to try next.


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Old 09-30-2008, 12:33 AM   #3
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Brew the kind of beer you like. Personally, I like IPA's so that's what I would recommend.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:38 AM   #4
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Brew the kind of beer you like. Personally, I like IPA's so that's what I would recommend.
That would be my suggestion, too. If you like Fat Tire, make a Fat Tire clone. If you like English Brown ales, make that. All of the bigger online homebrew stores have excellent kits. I've personally made some of the ones at Austinhomebrew ($6.99 shipping) including their Pete's Wicked Ale clone. They have clones of commercial beers, as well as "style" kits. You can do ANY extract kit with steeping grains, since they come with all that you need and very good instructions.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:52 AM   #5
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That Fat tire idea sounds pretty good, maybe a Sierra Nevada.
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That Fat tire idea sounds pretty good, maybe a Sierra Nevada.
Now you're talking!

Take a look and see what is available, and you'll be shopping for hours! How about an Amber ale? A Newcastle clone? A stout? A porter? English Mild? You can do ANY of those!
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:45 PM   #7
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Mmmmm... I'd love to do a stout. That will be #3 on my "Up Next" list.
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Northern Brewer has a very tasty dry stout extract kit. I did one of those for the AHA Teach a friend to homebrew day a couple years ago and I'm doing it again this November. Everyone likes a good dry stout, right?
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:34 PM   #9
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You could also research some of the recipes on the site and make a brew from them rather than a kit. Also step up to steeping grains or a partial mash to start working on your temperature control.

However, I agree continue to brew the beer you like to drink otherwise what is the point.

 
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:57 PM   #10
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Yeah I was just thinking that I should do a couple more extract kits just to gain a little more confidence and further my brewing knowledge to avoid screwing up a good batch. I do have local brewers that can help me out though, so I might lean on the friends a little bit to make a partial mash brew. What is a dry stout anyway?


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